Today we start sharing some tips from people who live with diabetes for years for newly diagnosed.
Q: Should I follow a strict diet? Are carbs forbidden?
A: With today's rapid-acting insulin, a strict diet is unnecessary. It is enough to inject insulin on time in correct doses. The key point is the diet should be balanced and contain all the nutrients. Talking about carbs, the body needs them. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy. Carbohydrate-containing foods also provide important nutrients for good health. They are not only allowed, but they must be eaten. You just need to figure the actual amount that you need to eat. It can depend on your age, activity levels, and the goals you are trying to achieve. For example, one person trying to lose weight and manage their blood glucose levels on a low-carb diet would restrict their carb intake, while another person who is happy with their weight may decide to eat more healthy carbs. The total amount of carbohydrate eaten will have the biggest effect on your glucose levels after eating, so it is important to know how much you’re eating. However, not everyone with diabetes needs to restrict their carb intake.